Blog: Bangladesh factory list a work in progress
Leonie Barrie | 7 October 2013
By its own admission, the data released on nearly 1,600 Bangladesh factories used by signatories to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is still a work in progress.
The list of facilities used to make clothing for the 91 leading fashion retailers and brands who have joined the Accord makes for interesting reading. The document includes details on everything from the factory name and address, to the number of storeys in each structure, whether a building includes multiple apparel factories and whether it houses other types of businesses, the number of workers at each factory, and the number of Accord signatories using each factory.
Much of which has never previously been disclosed in the apparel industry, the group says, with additional data still to be gathered from existing signatories, as well as those who have just joined.
But there are omissions too. Blanks in the 35-page list of factories include missing phone numbers, along with gaps in the number of separate buildings, storeys, and even the number of workers - which perhaps don't instil initial confidence and suggest the factory inspectors will have their work cut out if they are to complete the safety checks by next April.
That said, despite the discrepancies, the list is an important first step - and one that has not been achieved before. And as Sean Ansett, the Accord's interim executive director, explains: "This information is critical to coordination efforts and avoiding duplication in Bangladesh."
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